BEREA — Derrick Singleton, who served in an interim capacity as vice president for operations and sustainability at Berea College since July 2013, has been named permanently to the position.
Singleton joined the college in August 2011 as associate vice president for operations and sustainability. Prior to coming to Berea, he served in various corporate executive management and operations management roles for 26 years, with companies such as Sherwin-Williams and Coors.
In that time, he gained extensive domestic and international experience in operations and sustainability management and directing capital projects.
During his career, his organizations have been recognized numerous times for significant accomplishments, including leading the Sherwin-Williams plant in Richmond to be the first site in Kentucky in the Department of Energy SEN (Save Energy Now) program, and winning the Kentucky Five-Star Energy Award and the Kentucky Governor’s Health & Safety Award.
As vice president for operations and sustainability, Singleton is responsible for providing leadership in setting and implementing policies and creating and assessing standards that address all aspects of the college’s environmental sustainability.
In addition, he oversees the college’s auxiliary businesses and campus operations, including the Student Crafts Industries, the Berea College Store, dining services, facilities management, environmental health and safety, continuous improvement and capital projects, the college post office and the Berea College Forest.
In his previous position, Singleton was instrumental in providing leadership for construction of the Deep Green Residence Hall, a 42,000 square-foot facility that incorporates a wide array of sustainable design elements and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification and Living Building Challenge Petal recognition, making it one of the world’s most sustainable residence halls.
Singleton earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1987. In 1994, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky, and an Executive MBA from Sullivan University in 2006.